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  • It has been widely publicised that the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the U.S. has just awarded the Sound Health Initiative $20 million over the next 5 years to look into the health and learning benefits of music and music learning. Read more about this in October’s member package! Firstly, this is an enormous […]

  • Music therapy and music learning are having a profound impact on the life and rehabilitation of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It is important to understand the difference between music therapy and music learning because sometimes they either look very similar, or one leads seamlessly into the other. Music therapy is a music based intervention […]

  • Well of course it does! This is a great study, not just because it is about jazz learning and improvisation, but also because it is asking the very important question – is all music learning beneficial for brain development or only some types of music learning. Get your students talking about the affects of their […]

  • What is the connection between rhythm and reading?👏📖 They use overlapping neural mechanisms and this brand new study with beginner readers (aged 5-7) found a whole swag of connections, concluding that “rhythm skills and literacy call on overlapping neural mechanisms, supporting the idea that rhythm training may boost literacy in part by engaging sensory‐motor systems”. […]

  • Do you or don’t you? Do you know someone who seems to have rhythm coming out of every part or pore and other people who couldn’t walk to a beat if their life depended on it? How much is innate and how much is learned? Rhythm is becoming one of the most researched areas in […]

  • This study looks at how our brains engaged with familiar and unfamiliar music. Turns out our brains sustains engagement with music that is unfamiliar. This is interesting from an educational perspective – we often here the question “should we keep students engaged through studying/playing/learning music they know?” or alternatively “different music is too challenging for […]

  • Our hearing is precious 🧠🎶👂 The next generation may experience cognitive decline earlier due to losing their hearing at a younger age. There are many dangers to our hearing health – it could be because our world is noisier than ever or because we many have been using headphones at a high volume for many […]

  • “The physical and mental benefits of playing an instrument extend to all types of players — from beginners to professional artists. And it’s never too early — or too late — to start. Learning an instrument can help develop your brain when you are a kid; playing an instrument as a senior can help you […]

  • Music = brain pleasure 🧠🎶💕 “This study shows for the first time a causal role of dopamine in musical pleasure and motivation: enjoying a piece of music, deriving pleasure from it, wanting to listen to it again, being willing to spend money for it, strongly depend on the dopamine released in our synapses,” Learn more […]

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